Just Babies: Summary Review

This is a summary review of Just Babies containing key details about the book.

What is Just Babies About?

"Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil" by Paul Bloom is a book that explores the concept of morality and the origins of ethical behavior in infants.

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In Just Babies, the author argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality. Drawing on groundbreaking research at Yale, he demonstrates that, even before they can speak or walk, babies judge the goodness and badness of others’ actions; feel empathy and compassion; act to soothe those in distress; and have a rudimentary sense of justice.

Summary Points & Takeaways from Just Babies

Some key summary points and takeaways from the book include:

* The innate nature of morality: Bloom argues that babies are born with a basic sense of right and wrong and that this innate morality is evident in their reactions to certain situations.

* The role of empathy: Bloom argues that empathy plays a key role in the development of moral behavior and that infants are capable of experiencing empathy from a very young age.

* The impact of culture: While Bloom argues that morality is an innate aspect of human nature, he also acknowledges the impact of culture and socialization in shaping moral behavior.

* The limitations of infant morality: Bloom argues that while infants have a basic sense of morality, their understanding of right and wrong is limited and that moral development continues to evolve as individuals grow and mature.

* The nature of evil: Bloom explores the concept of evil and argues that while some individuals may have a greater capacity for evil, it is not the result of innate evil but rather a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

* Overall, "Just Babies" is a thought-provoking book that offers insights into the origins of moral behavior and the nature of evil. The book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the fields of psychology, philosophy, and ethics.

Who is the author of Just Babies?

Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. He is the author or editor of six books, including the acclaimed How Pleasure Works.

Book details

  • Print length: 273 pages
  • Genre: Psychology, Nonfiction, Science

What are the chapters in Just Babies?

Chapter 1 The moral life of babies
Chapter 2 Empathy and compassion
Chapter 3 Fairness, status, and punishment
Chapter 4 Others
Chapter 5 Bodies
Chapter 6 Family matters
Chapter 7 How to be good

What do critics say?

Here's what one of the prominent reviewers had to say about the book: "Bloom has a talent for distilling scholarly work (his and others’) into accessible, appealing prose...He writes with both an authority and an openness that suggest he would enjoy a lively discussion with any skeptics." — Washington Post

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